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Dominos YouTube Crisis 2009

  1. 1. Domino’s Pizza Case Study- reputation management online
  2. 2. Domino’s Pizza Crisis 2009 • On Sunday the 12th of April 2009, two Domino’s employees from a branch in North Carolina upload a film on YouTube • The footage is filmed while they are at work, showing disturbing images of themselves violating health codes with unsanitary actions, whilst preparing foodAbove: An image of the footage that was available e.g. putting cheese up his nosefrom YouTube before the video was removed before putting it into sandwich etc.
  3. 3. Domino’s online crisis • The video becomes a viral sensation with more than a million hits on YouTube 3 days after it was uploaded (source NYTIMES.COM) • Hoax has ripple effect in social media bleeding into conversations in twitter, other social media forums and mainstream media • 65% of respondents who had visited Dominos Pizza say they would not visit Dominos Pizza after seeing video (source Wall Street Journal, HCD research, 2009)
  4. 4. Timeline of Dominos responseDate EventApril 12, 2009 • Video posted to YouTube. • Video reaches 29,000 views within hours of posting.April 13, 2009 • Domino’s is alerted to video by the (Monday morning) • Domino’s identifies location of store where the video was filmed. (Monday Evening)April 14, 2009 • Hammonds and Setzer (employees) fired by Domino’s • Health department and local police contacted by Domino’s • Twitter traffic becomes noticeable • Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the video jumps from 29,000 views to 700,000April 15, 2009 • Video surpasses 1 million views. • Video is removed from YouTube by Hammonds. • Hammonds and Setzer face felony charges for distributing prohibited foods and report to Conover Police. • The hoax is found in 5 of the top 12 search results presented by Google to users. • Twitter account is created by Domino’s • Domino’s CEO (Patrick Doyle) responds in a YouTube video. • Domino’s video response has 330,000 views when first press conference is held.April 17, 2009 • Wikipedia entry for Domino’s was found to contain information about the hoax posted by an unofficial individual.April 20, 2009 • A copy of the original video posted by Hammonds has 345,000 views.April 20, 2009 • The video remains accessible on the Internet in its entirety. Source: management communication quarterly (SAGE) – 4th December 2011
  5. 5. Why didn’t Domino’s respond faster?”Two things we didn’t anticipate. The first thing we didn’t anticipate was the pass-along value, or the pass-along nature of this particular video, because there was a lot of “Man, you ought to see this going on.” And the sheer explosion of interest from the traditional media.” Tim McIntyre, Vice President, Communications, Dominos Pizza
  6. 6. A hoax is a threat• A false claim can become a real threat – Even though the company knew the claim was false, the public perceived it as being real • The video was plausible• Imagine your nightmare scenarios – Avoid a meteor crisis
  7. 7. Do Domino’s deliver during crisis? What Dominos Pizza did wrong Delayed reaction – alert was heard late - Silent when answers were needed • Reacted after they were contacted by consumer affairs blog site Lack of strategy for digital crisis management • Fault or lack of online surveillance • Lack of social media presence • Lack of employee policy on social media use and communication • Lack of overview on main online influencers What Dominos Pizza did right Response through traditional media and social media - CEO video response on YouTube targeted core audience • Changed discourse to ’how companies should deal with hoax crisis’ in mainstream media Created a twitter account • to engage in dialogue with consumers and respond to negative comments
  8. 8. PRventive• Act fast• Not enough to proactively use internet as a communication platform• Need to use your eyes and ears and listen to all the conversations – not only the ones which you are engaged in